Village University

 

Welcome to VU’s newly designed website! Class and registration information for the upcoming Spring 2017 term is now ready below.

What is VU?

Village University (VU) is our program of adult education program at Village. We are serious about the life of the mind and the indispensable role its development plays in a person’s spiritual growth. We believe cultivating a culture where rigorous thinking and respectful dialogue is valued is a part of loving God “with all of our minds” (Mk. 12:30). To that end we offer a variety of classes and seminars throughout the year, targeting all major areas of Christian thought, both theoretical and practical.

Class Types

Currently VU offers two types of classes: year-round classes and term-based classes. Year-round classes run continuously throughout the year, never require registration, and often combine a community-building component (e.g., sharing and prayer) together with a study or lesson of some type. Folks are welcome to join these anytime (just drop in!). Term-based classes require registration and typically run for 9-12 weeks during the fall and spring. These are more squarely focused on instruction, though the form of that instruction may vary. In addition to these classes, VU also offers periodic special seminars throughout the year.

Year-Round Classes (click to view list)

For any of the year-round classes below, please contact the listed instructor for more detailed information. These classes do not require any type of registration and you are welcome to simply drop in anytime! (It may help though to send the instructor an e-mail in advance so they know to expect you.) Many Villagers have found these classes, which tend to combine a community-oriented atmosphere with instruction, to be the perfect supplement to their weekend worship service routine.

Dr. Gordon Borror’s Class

Time: Sundays, 10:40 am-12:00 pm

Location: Columbia A

Instructor: Dr. Gordon Borror

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Term-Based Classes (click to view list)

For the Spring 2017 term, all term-based classes begin the weekend of Mar. 4/5 (unless otherwise noted). Registration is accepted online at the VU website, at the info counter after weekend services, and in the church office during the week. To promote a stable learning environment, registration will be closed following week 2 of the term (no new admits). Costs for a given course, if any, are noted below.

 

For those with children: Normal Sunday children’s educational programs for all ages run during Sunday morning class times. Upon request at registration, nursery care (ages 0-3) will be provided during the Saturday afternoon class time and the Wednesday evening class time. On Wednesdays there is also the AWANA children’s program (separate AWANA registration required) during the VU class hour.

The New Testament:
An Aerial View

Time: Saturdays, 4:00-5:15 pm

Start Date: March 4, 2017

Location: Willamette A

Duration: 11 weeks

Track: Bible

Instructor: Tom Grey

Cost/Materials: No cost! Just bring a Bible, preferably NIV.

If you’ve walked into the middle of a TV mystery program, you know how confusing it can be.  Reading a few verses in the New Testament with little background about the rest of the book can be similarly confusing. Now, in 11 short weeks, this course will give you the main idea of each NT book, as well as how they relate to one another. There will be homework each week and lots of opportunity to ask questions. The class is ideal for motivated learners who have not had academic Bible training.

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God’s 7 Foundational Covenants

Time: Sundays, 9:15-10:30 am

Start Date: March 5, 2017

Location: Willamette A

Duration: 11 weeks

Track: Bible; Theology and Church History

Instructor: John Zweygartt

Cost/Materials: No books to purchase but please bring your Bible and a 3-ring binder for weekly handouts.

We will individually unpack God’s 7 foundational promises to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Phinehas (the grandson of Aaron – God’s first High Priest), King David and finally what Scripture calls the ‘New Covenant’. Through this we will then discover how these vital covenants biblically define and explain our own relationship with God through Christ.

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Finding Truth, Part 2 (But Open to All!)

Time: Sundays, 10:45 am-12:00 pm

Start Date: March 5, 2017

Location: Willamette B

Duration: 10 weeks

Track: Philosophy, Science, and Apologetics; Christianity and Culture

Instructor: Bob Bredemeier

Cost/Materials: Please purchase (on your own) the book Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God-Substitutes, by Nancy Pearcey. It can be purchased through Amazon or other Christian booksellers.

This is a class where history, philosophy or worldview, and culture intersect. The purpose of this class is to examine and understand the dominant worldviews that we encounter in Western society. We will use principles from Romans 1 to uncover the deepest motivations and weigh the claims of each worldview and philosophy. Get ready to be challenged and encouraged as you develop your ability to think critically about some of life’s biggest questions and discover how a robust Christian worldview matches reality – that it is not only true but attractive. (Note: This class is a continuation of last year’s Finding Truth VU class but is open to any interested person. After briefly reviewing the first half of the book, we will concentrate on the remainder that was not covered in 2016.)

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How People Grow: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Time: Sundays, 10:45 am-12:00 pm

Start Date: March 5, 2017

Location: Willamette A

Duration: 10 weeks

Track: Christian Living; Philosophy, Science, and Apologetics

Instructor: Greg & Hannah Haskell

Cost/Materials: None.

Why is it so hard to change? Is there more to it than Bible reading and prayer? Don’t emotions get us into trouble? Aren’t we better off ignoring them? Join us on a journey to learn what nueroscience, psychology, and the Bible teach us about “how we tick” and how we can grow. Our journey will include discussion and exercises to help you apply what we are learning.

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A Biblical Response to Sex Trafficking

Time: Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00 pm

Start Date: March 8, 2017

Location: Columbia B

Duration: 9 weeks

Track: Christianity and Culture; Christian Living

Instructor: Adrienne Livingston, Melissa Leak, Kimberly Heye

Cost/Materials: None.

The purpose of this course is to take a look beyond the surface of our world to discover the realities of sex trafficking.  By its very nature, it is deceptive and masquerades before our very eyes. Three factors contribute to this problem: 1) those who perpetrate these crimes are “wolves in sheep’s clothing;” 2) consumers are blinded by their lust and therefore unable to understand the real consequences of their participation in trafficking and choose to see only what they want to see; and 3) society in general mistakenly sees participation in the sex industry as one of choice and free will, where women choose and enjoy the sex industry as a lifestyle.  During this class, we will broaden our understanding of the sex trafficking issue while exploring God’s heart for justice and our role to respond.

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To see a list of past VU classes and seminars

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